Mondo Gallery Co-Founder/Creative Director Mitch Putnam has pulled together two great shows for SXSW 2016,  the first is  No Longer / Not Yet: A Tribute to Richard Linklater” (March 12th)  and the second is “House Party” (March 18th).

No Longer / Not Yet: A Tribute to Richard Linklater will feature limited edition screen-printed posters celebrating Richard Linklater’s filmography, including the newest film EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, which will kick off SXSW 2016.   The show will also feature limited edition screen-printed posters for several of Linklater’s classic films including SlackerDazed and ConfusedWaking LifeBernieBoyhood and more.

No Longer / Not Yet: A Tribute to Richard Linklater will kick off with an opening reception, open to the public, on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 7pm to 10pmand will run regular hours until Tuesday March 15, 2016.Mondo Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX.

“No director’s films feel more aesthetically tied to Austin, TX than those of Richard Linklater. Between classics like The Before Trilogy, Dazed and ConfusedBoyhood, I think all of us can call at least one of his movies a favorite,” said Putnam.

Putnam’s second “House Party” show open with a reception open to the public, on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 7pm to 10pm and will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm to until Saturday, April 2, 2016. This show is selling original pieces of art by well-known pop culture artists for only $200.

Putnam says the idea for the show is  “loosely influenced by a show in Brooklyn called  “The Cotton Candy Machine.” He added   “They have a show every year where their art is for sale for $100.  It’s something that we wanted to do since we opened the gallery.  I think that for some of the shows it’s important that the art is accessible to all of the fans.  In addition, I think this one is a really good chance for us to give back to the fans and say thank you, and also for the artists to give back to their fans and say thank you.”

There are some artists in this show that it’s pretty unprecedented thing for them to be selling their art for $200.  Aaron Horkey is a really big one in that neighborhood, Esao Andrews, Ken Taylor.  These are artists that can sell their originals for thousands. It’s pretty special to get them to offer a piece for $200.

When asked what the atmosphere of a the show will be like, Putnam responded “It’s going to be a fun show, a fairly crazy atmosphere, the line will be long, and people who come to our show say “half the experience is hanging out with the other people in the line and bonding with other collectors.”

Mondo art fans are a savvy bunch of collectors with an astute eye.  “We’ve seen customers from all walks of life,” says Putnam.  “We have an amazing group of fans who are really genuinely into art.  They are really educated  and they are incredibly supportive and fun to hang out with.”

Putnam says his group has been planning this since the end of last year, and that it’s really hard to come with a name for the types of parties they throw.  The art that’s being offered in the $200 range is above and beyond what you would think, but that’s because this is not just an art show, it’s a community of supporters, their fans, and pop-art love.




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